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4.0 out of 5 stars With REM, THE SMITHS, LED ZEP etc. one of greatest bands BUT, 29 Jan 2004
This review is from: The Best Of: 1980-1990 (Audio CD)
As with most 'Best Of' compilations, it's mainly just the singles, which makes the title 'Best Of' seem pointless. In fact, I'm sick of buying 'Greatest Hits' albums, just cos I like the band, in the hope that it may be worth a few bob in years to come. I'm only buying 'Best Of' albums from now on for bands/artists that I only merely 'like' rather than 'love.' U2 are a band where you simply have to buy all their albums (that includes the underrated 'POP' from 1997) to understand the full glory of U2, from Bono's lyrics and singing, The Edge's excellent guitar work, Larry Mullen Junior's great drumming and Adam Clayton's (the only English-born person in this otherwise Irish band) impressive bass-playing. Well, I had to include Adam Clayton, as he doesn't normally get the recognition he deserves. He must be good to be up there on stage with The Edge.
Well, though I own this, along with their other 'Best Of' album, I've recently done my own personal 'Best Of U2' CD's. I've used most of the songs on their 'Best Of 1990-2000' one, then mixed them up with other great tracks from that period (and up to 2002, which is actually where that album went up to, but they falsely called it '1990-2000' for some reason. Daft mistake to make) to make what would've been a much more accurate 'Best Of,' and certainly one which would've shown the brilliance of this band much better, making it better value for money. I've done the same with their second one too. Though their best album was probably 1991's 'Achtung Baby' (narrowly pipping 'The Joshua Tree' if you ask me), they were actually better in the 80's, so there's more songs on this one. Here is my 2 CD compilation, and what a proper 'Best Of U2:1980-1990' should look like:
CD1:
1) Pride (In The Name Of Love)
2) Seconds
3) Gloria
4) Drowning Man
5) Sunday Bloody Sunday
6) Bullet The Blue Sky
7) Running To Stand Still
8) Wire
9) Sweetest Thing (the single mix)
10) Where The Streets Have No Name
11) The Unforgettable Fire
12) A Sort Of Homecoming
13) One Tree Hill
14) All I Want Is You
15) October
CD2:
1) New Year's Day (album version)
2) With Or Without You
3) I Will Follow
4) Party Girl (live)
5) Promenade
6) Tomorrow
7) Desire
8) Angel Of Harlem
9) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
10) Van Diemen's Land
11) In God's Country
12) When Love Comes To Town
13) Mothers Of The Disappeared
14) Bad
15) MLK
16) "40" (live)
Hopefully that'll help you out.
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